Registered nurses are valued members of the medical team because their training makes them adept in nursing services. Their numbers are also highest in the nursing field because they can handle multiple responsibilities.
In the nursing industry, the job of registered nurse is very promising and flexible. They have faster career growth opportunities, and their demand is also highest for different positions. Their education and training prepared prepare them for multiple nursing roles and services. Even, in the same facility, their roles are changed depending upon the nursing care requirements. RNs can also take their career to new heights by completing advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) training and education. Moreover, on completion, they become Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Certified Nurse Registered Anesthetist.
The demand for RNs and APRNs is also highest in the nursing industry. They are also paid lucrative salaries for their services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for RNs will grow by 19 per cent from 2012 – 2020, and additional 526,800 nurses will be required to fill different positions in the same period. The BLS Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013 also estimates Mean hourly wage of RNs as $33.13, and Mean annual
wage – $68,910.
The salary of registered nurses is also not uniform but varies depending upon a number of factors. The OES May -2013 estimates also inform that RN Median wage for starting 10 per cent to 90 per cent ranged from $45,630 to $ $96,320. The basis for the variation in salaries includes education and training, work experience, position, experience, demand, and workplace. The wages also differs from one state to another, cities and metropolitan areas, and type of industries they work. RNs, working in the intensive care units, surgical departments, ground transport services, federal and state government departments, and hospitals can expect higher salaries than their counterparts in the physician’s offices, schools, private nursing homes, and home health agencies.
Similarly, the factors responsible for the salary variation in the states and cities include density of population, nursing shortages, per capita income, number of facilities and work environment. The states that offer best salaries include California, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregano according to OES survey. In the same way, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Metropolitan Division, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, and Vallejo-Fairfield, are highest paying metropolitans in the US. The best paying cities are clustered in California and include San Jose, San Francisco, Vallejo, Oakland, and Sacramento.
However, nurses must always remember that whatsoever be their salaries and positions, they must be flexible, analytical, humble, compassionate, and caring. They must also possess excellent communication skills, physical endurance, patience, interpersonal skills, and other nursing and general qualities to become a great nurse.